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The Best of Southern France: Provence and the Cote d'Azur

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Program #21096RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.

Itinerary for Sep 11 — Sep 19, 2014

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Day One: Thursday, September 11 - Departures from the U.S.A.
In Transit: International flight to France.

Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: The former house of the music composer Darius Milhaud, Hotel Artea combines the charm and the quality of an old Aix townhouse with modern facilities. Just a few minutes from the pedestrian heart of Aix-en Provence, the Théâtre de Provence and the Cours Mirabeau, Hotel Artea is the perfect base for exploring this lively town. The SNCF train station is only a five minute walk from the hotel.

Contact info:
4 Boulevard de la République
Aix-en-Provence, 13100 France
phone: +33 (0)4 42 27 36 00
web: http://www.hotel-artea-aix-en-provence.com/en.php

Room amenities: All 50 rooms are spacious, simply furnished with traditional style and have air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television with English language channels, a direct-dial telephone, a mini-fridge, soundproof windows, and a private bathroom with a bathtub and a hairdryer.

Facility amenities: The htoel includes a bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, elevator, soundproof rooms, heating, baggage storage, air conditioning, a meeting room, and free Wi-Fi is available in all areas. The entire hotel is non-smoking.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and reservations.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, September 12 - Arrival in Marseille / Transfer to Aix-en-Provenc...
Morning: NOTE FOR PARTICIPANTS COMBINING THIS PROGRAM WITH PROGRAM 21095 ending in Paris CDG: Because these programs are designed to be taken together, your transportation to Aix-en-Provence from Paris has been arranged by Road Scholar and is complimentary. Please see details of program below for start time on this day. All other participants will have individual transfers from the airport to the hotel. Look for our shuttle service driver to greet you at our set meeting point.

Afternoon: Check-in at the hotel in Aix and take time to relax and freshen up before orientation. We will gather in our private meeting room at 6 p.m. where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: See the old city at night on a walking tour.

Lodging: Hotel Artea

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: The former house of the music composer Darius Milhaud, Hotel Artea combines the charm and the quality of an old Aix townhouse with modern facilities. Just a few minutes from the pedestrian heart of Aix-en Provence, the Théâtre de Provence and the Cours Mirabeau, Hotel Artea is the perfect base for exploring this lively town. The SNCF train station is only a five minute walk from the hotel.

Contact info:
4 Boulevard de la République
Aix-en-Provence, 13100 France
phone: +33 (0)4 42 27 36 00
web: http://www.hotel-artea-aix-en-provence.com/en.php

Room amenities: All 50 rooms are spacious, simply furnished with traditional style and have air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television with English language channels, a direct-dial telephone, a mini-fridge, soundproof windows, and a private bathroom with a bathtub and a hairdryer.

Facility amenities: The htoel includes a bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, elevator, soundproof rooms, heating, baggage storage, air conditioning, a meeting room, and free Wi-Fi is available in all areas. The entire hotel is non-smoking.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and reservations.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Saturday, September 13 - Aix-en-Provence Old Town / The Local Provençal Ma...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will depart on foot to take a walking field trip around Aix-en-Provence where you will explore this historic city and heart of Provence. We will discover the old religious and civil districts around the cathedral and the city hall, XVII and XVIII century mansions façades, and typical squares with their fountains, as well as the Cours Mirabeau. In addition, we will explore the various Saturday markets; Saturday is the busiest market day and each square offers a different variety of stalls.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Take the afternoon to freely explore. Saturday is the best day to check out the shops and to experience the old town on your own.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Artea

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: The former house of the music composer Darius Milhaud, Hotel Artea combines the charm and the quality of an old Aix townhouse with modern facilities. Just a few minutes from the pedestrian heart of Aix-en Provence, the Théâtre de Provence and the Cours Mirabeau, Hotel Artea is the perfect base for exploring this lively town. The SNCF train station is only a five minute walk from the hotel.

Contact info:
4 Boulevard de la République
Aix-en-Provence, 13100 France
phone: +33 (0)4 42 27 36 00
web: http://www.hotel-artea-aix-en-provence.com/en.php

Room amenities: All 50 rooms are spacious, simply furnished with traditional style and have air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television with English language channels, a direct-dial telephone, a mini-fridge, soundproof windows, and a private bathroom with a bathtub and a hairdryer.

Facility amenities: The htoel includes a bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, elevator, soundproof rooms, heating, baggage storage, air conditioning, a meeting room, and free Wi-Fi is available in all areas. The entire hotel is non-smoking.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and reservations.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Sunday, September 14 - L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Market / The Sights and Perc...
L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Market / The Sights and Perched Villages of the Luberon

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Explore one of the largest markets in Provence and one of the largest antique markets in the world. L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a picturesque Medieval town that offers a sumptuous setting for a Sunday market. Follow your guide as you learn the history of this small town and also sample some of the local specialties and learn about how they are made. Afterward, enjoy some time to discover the city and explore the vendor stalls on your own.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: We will depart by coach for Senanque and Gorde to discover some of the lesser visited sites of Luberon, a region made famous by Peter Mayle's book, "A Year in Provence." We will stop to see the outside of the Abbey of Senanque, walk the streets of Gorde, and as we cross over the Luberon mountains, we will stop in the village of Lourmarin before making our way back to Aix.

Dinner: At a local restaurant near the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Artea

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: The former house of the music composer Darius Milhaud, Hotel Artea combines the charm and the quality of an old Aix townhouse with modern facilities. Just a few minutes from the pedestrian heart of Aix-en Provence, the Théâtre de Provence and the Cours Mirabeau, Hotel Artea is the perfect base for exploring this lively town. The SNCF train station is only a five minute walk from the hotel.

Contact info:
4 Boulevard de la République
Aix-en-Provence, 13100 France
phone: +33 (0)4 42 27 36 00
web: http://www.hotel-artea-aix-en-provence.com/en.php

Room amenities: All 50 rooms are spacious, simply furnished with traditional style and have air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television with English language channels, a direct-dial telephone, a mini-fridge, soundproof windows, and a private bathroom with a bathtub and a hairdryer.

Facility amenities: The htoel includes a bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, elevator, soundproof rooms, heating, baggage storage, air conditioning, a meeting room, and free Wi-Fi is available in all areas. The entire hotel is non-smoking.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and reservations.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Monday, September 15 - Arles / Roman History / Van Gogh / Les-Baux-de-Pr...
Note: Today's activities include travel by coach, climbing of stairs, and walking on cobblestones. Please wear comfy footwear!

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will depart by coach for a tour of the Roman and art city of Arles. Eight of Arles' Roman and Romanesque Monuments and 65 acres of downtown are considered part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. As part of our visit, we explore the old town on foot and discover a few of these special sites. In addition, you will learn about the work and places that inspired Van Gogh while he lived in Arles. You will then have time to continue the morning at leisure to discover the city on your own.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: We will end the day at Les-Baux-de-Provence. This fortified village, with its interesting history, offers some of the most picturesque views of Provence. Take delight in visiting and learning about the sites of this fortress.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Artea

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Brice Hotel is located in central Nice, just a 5-minute walk from the Promenade des Anglais and the beach. It offers a sauna, a solarium and grounds with a fountain. A buffet breakfast is served in the breakfast room every morning. On sunny days, guests can enjoy a drink from the hotel bar on the terrace under the orange and lemon trees. The hotel is just a ten minute walk from the tram line and Nice’s central train station. It is ideally located for exploring the city and nearby town such as Monte-Carlo and Cannes.

Contact info:
44 Rue du Maréchal Joffre
Nice, 06000 France
phone: +33 (0)4 93 88 14 44
web: http://www.nice-hotel-brice.com/

Room amenities: Each guest room at Brice Hotel is equipped with satellite TV, a mini fridge and a work desk. Each has a private bathroom with a hairdryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel includes a bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, newspapers, terrace, elevator, safe, baggage storage, air-conditioning, a sauna, meeting/banquet facilities, airport shuttle, bicycle rental, car rental, tour desk, fax/photocopying, and free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Six: Tuesday, September 16 - Transfer to Nice / Antibes' Picasso Museum / Sain...
Note: Today's activities include over two hours of travel by coach and a walking tour.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will depart Aix for Nice (with luggage). We will drive through Cannes and along the beachfront before heading to Antibes. Enjoy a field trip to Chateaux Grimaldi and the Picasso Museum. Learn about Picasso, his work and his time in France. We will then take the coach from Antibes to Saint Paul de Vence.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time to explore the village on your own or to visit the Maeght Foundation. We will then take the coach to the Matisse Chappelle in Vence (30 minutes). Afterward, we will depart to check-in at the hotel. in Nice.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Brice

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Brice Hotel is located in central Nice, just a 5-minute walk from the Promenade des Anglais and the beach. It offers a sauna, a solarium and grounds with a fountain. A buffet breakfast is served in the breakfast room every morning. On sunny days, guests can enjoy a drink from the hotel bar on the terrace under the orange and lemon trees. The hotel is just a ten minute walk from the tram line and Nice’s central train station. It is ideally located for exploring the city and nearby town such as Monte-Carlo and Cannes.

Contact info:
44 Rue du Maréchal Joffre
Nice, 06000 France
phone: +33 (0)4 93 88 14 44
web: http://www.nice-hotel-brice.com/

Room amenities: Each guest room at Brice Hotel is equipped with satellite TV, a mini fridge and a work desk. Each has a private bathroom with a hairdryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel includes a bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, newspapers, terrace, elevator, safe, baggage storage, air-conditioning, a sauna, meeting/banquet facilities, airport shuttle, bicycle rental, car rental, tour desk, fax/photocopying, and free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Seven: Wednesday, September 17 - An Introduction to Nice: The Flower Market and th...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We will start the morning in Nice, led by our local expert, to drive by and explore the sites of Nice. We will see the Russian Orthodox church, stop at Castle Hill for a panoramic view of the city, and drive along the Promenade des Anglais before reaching the old town and the flower market. Later this morning, led by our local expert, discover and savor the flavors of Nice as you explore the famous local food and flower market and stop at artisan shops where local specialties are made.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy a brief walking tour of the old town with your expert guide. Following the tour, venture out to explore the old town or other sites on your own.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Hotel Brice

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Brice Hotel is located in central Nice, just a 5-minute walk from the Promenade des Anglais and the beach. It offers a sauna, a solarium and grounds with a fountain. A buffet breakfast is served in the breakfast room every morning. On sunny days, guests can enjoy a drink from the hotel bar on the terrace under the orange and lemon trees. The hotel is just a ten minute walk from the tram line and Nice’s central train station. It is ideally located for exploring the city and nearby town such as Monte-Carlo and Cannes.

Contact info:
44 Rue du Maréchal Joffre
Nice, 06000 France
phone: +33 (0)4 93 88 14 44
web: http://www.nice-hotel-brice.com/

Room amenities: Each guest room at Brice Hotel is equipped with satellite TV, a mini fridge and a work desk. Each has a private bathroom with a hairdryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel includes a bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, newspapers, terrace, elevator, safe, baggage storage, air-conditioning, a sauna, meeting/banquet facilities, airport shuttle, bicycle rental, car rental, tour desk, fax/photocopying, and free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Eight: Thursday, September 18 - Nice Ancient Past and Her Artists: Chagall, Matis...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Depart by coach for Cimiez Hill Area. Start the morning with a brief walk around the Monastery of Cimiez gardens that feature the old ruins of Nice's Roman past and the Matisse Museum. Later in the morning, we will travel down Cimiez Hill to the Chagall Museum. The Museum features Biblical scenes illustrated in 17 large paintings, sculptures, stained glass windows, mosaics and tapestries, 205 preparatory sketches, 39 gouaches (1930), 105 engravings (1956) and 215 lithographs. Afterward, we will explore the Matisse Museum which includes a comprehensive collection of the artist's works. Works from all periods of his life offer a comprehensive panorama: from the first paintings made in 1890 to the famous gouache cutouts, 236 drawings, 218 engravings and the complete presentation of the books illustrated by the artist.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time in Nice to explore on your own and discover the city's remaining museums and monuments or sinply enjoy walking and exploring the small streets and the waterfront.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Brice

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nine: Friday, September 19 - Return to the U.S.A.
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Individual shuttle transfer to the Nice (NCE) airport. Transfer time is dependent on flight time and will happen between 6 a.m. and Noon. Check out is at 11:30 a.m. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

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